Quick! Think about Canada's biggest tourist sites - Toronto and Vancouver may come to mind first. But nearly 500,000 people visited the Revelstoke area between May and August 2021.
If you're interested in a premium vacation away from the hubbub, we highly recommend checking out Revelstoke, BC this fall. But don't start your fall travel preparations just yet. First, you need to know about Revelstoke's main attractions.
Where should you go shopping? What live events are happening in Revelstoke during the fall? What are the natural wonders you must add to your Revelstoke travel itinerary? And of course, where should you stay? Well that last one should be a no-brainer :)
Answer these questions and you can make the most out of your Canadian travel plans this fall. Here is your quick guide.
Shop at Farmers' Markets
The Revelstoke Farm and Craft Market are open on Saturdays from May until October in the Grizzly Plaza. The market opens at 8:30 a.m. and closes at 1:00 p.m., so make sure you arrive early.
You can shop from dozens of vendors, and all products are made or grown by the vendors and artisans themselves. You can buy fresh produce, meat, eggs, and baked goods. The market is also home to puppet shows, arts & crafts, and live music, so feel free to bring your children.
The Revelstoke Local Food Initiative (LFI) Farmers’ Market is a great place to purchase locally grown fruits & vegetables. It's open at the same time as the Revelstoke Farm & Craft Market on First Street. LFI's market is open to periodic vendors, so the market always has something new to offer. You can buy fresh produce and other ingredients to make dishes in your boutique resort room.
Hit the Trails
There are several great mountains to explore around Revelstoke including Mount Revelstoke, Mount Macpherson, and Mount Begbie. One of our favorites, the Mount Macpherson Trails are located right near Revelstoke. You can go climbing on Mount Macpherson itself, taking several different routes up the mountain.
The mountain is almost 8,000 feet tall, and you will need a good pair of hiking shoes to navigate the terrain. Temperatures can drop below freezing during the fall, so you should wear thick clothing and pack layers you can put on.
If you don't want to go up the mountain, you can bike and hike on various trails around Macpherson. If there is snow on the mountain, with the right equipment, you can enjoy both nordic/cross country and backcountry skiing, however, you may want to wait until the winter for good conditions.
If you want to get away from Revelstoke, you can visit Glacier National Park. There are many great hiking trails, both long and short, so it's a good place to go if you're new to hiking. You can see glaciers and large mountains in Roger's Pass as well as explore old-growth inland rainforests at the Giant Cedars Boardwalk Trail."
Revelstoke may be best known for its waterfalls. You can get to Begbie Falls after a short hike, though many tourists go to them. Moses Falls are more obscure, and you can find them on Westside Road.
Visit the Luna Art Fest
The Luna Art Fest is one of the leading attractions in Revelstoke. It will take place this year between September 23 and September 25 after sundown.
Each night focuses on something different. The 23rd will feature live music performances while the 24th will offer art installations on the streets. The 25th is a studio night, and you can visit various art studios and hear the artists talk about their works.
You need tickets to visit the festival, though tickets are not being sold just yet. But you can stay at the festival as long as you want and take photographs of the public installations.
Dive Into the Hot Springs
The Halfway River creates several hot springs you can step into during the fall. Each pool has a different temperature, while the river itself is refreshingly cold. Feel free to try out different springs and then cool off in the river. To visit Halfway hot springs, you are required to use an inland ferry which should be accounted for in travel time.
The springs are very popular, but you can get away from the crowds by visiting the hidden springs. You will need to go bushwhacking in order to visit them, and you can use a GPS to find their exact location. Test the water before you enter it, as the springs can be very hot.
You can find the Canyon Hot Springs between Glacier National Park and Mount Revelstoke National Park. The springs close in September, so you should travel to Revelstoke early in the fall to visit them. The springs are surrounded by woods, creating a picturesque setting that feels more enclosed than the Halfway River springs.
Gaze at the Stars
Revelstoke is an area of low light pollution, making it a good place to go stargazing. You can try gazing in your resort room or hot tub, but you can drive north on Highway 23 to look at the stars. You can also go stargazing at Lake Revelstoke, and the water offers a reflective surface similar to Lake Louise that makes seeing the stars easy.
Take a look at the weather forecast before you head out. You want to go on a clear night with no chance of precipitation. You may want to pack warm beverages, as it can get cold, and be prepared to wait for the stars to appear.
The northern lights are visible from Revelstoke, though they can be hard to see. You can find northern lights forecasts online and then head out. Try to bring a telescope so you can look toward the horizon for them.
Stay at Basecamp’s Boutique Mountain Resort
Revelstoke is one of British Columbia's most charming and cultural mountain towns. In the fall, you can shop at multiple farmers' markets. Once you've secured the goods, you can hit the hiking and biking trails.
The Luna Art Fest is Revelstoke's leading live event during September. But you can always visit the hot springs and rivers in and around the town as well. You can also go stargazing, and you may even be able to see the northern lights if you're lucky.
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